Harry Hill has a strange mind? how else do you explain the way he watches television? While everybody else is enthralled in a captivating episode of The Bill, he's laughing at how the actors involved are having a blinking contest. During an episode of EastEnders, Harry also delights in pointing out the way he frequently stares up at the ceiling, suggesting that a crib sheet of his lines are written up there. Later on in the series, Harry makes it clear that if it wasn't for the trappings of political correctness he would be a highly successful TV executive. He outlines a hilarious concept for a German version of The Office called ?Ze Office' with Hitler taking over the David Brent role. He's a misunderstood genius, but we can marvel at the weirdness of television seen through his eyes.
Hole in the Wall was tailor-made for Harry. It involved Dale Winton shouting inane catchphrases, while z-list celebs dressed in unflattering outfits had to bend into ridiculous positions - for the viewers' enjoyment. It also tickled Harry, who was to shout ?Bring on the Wall' at random moments throughout the eighth series. Since its conception the X Factor has also been a useful source of material for the bespectacled presenter, and this was abundantly evident during the eighth series. Louis Walsh even had his own segment called ?The Many Faces of Louis Walsh', which poked fun at the range of expressions he employed to illustrate his opinions about an act. These included joy, smugness, surprise, sadness, outrage and even holding his hand up in a Hitler-esque pose. He also regularly criticised Dermot O'Leary for saying ?Your Saturday night starts right here' when TV Burp was on before it. When TV Burp was moved in the schedule to follow X Factor, Harry couldn't resist repeating Dermot's phrase (and dismissing X Factor in the process). Another regular gag during this series was Harry shaking a plate full of jelly to The Surfaris' Wipe Out, a reference to Heston Blumenthal's Victorian Feast.
In the ninth series, Harry introduced the ?K Factor: So You Think You Can Knit?'. It followed a similar path to Peter Kay's ?Britain's Got the Pop Factor', but this time a series of knitted characters compete to impress a knitted judging panel of Simon Cowell, Cheryl Coles, Rolando Villazon and the Knitted Character. The latter became the first ever competition on TV Burp during the ninth series when the Knitted Character was covertly placed in the background of a variety of shows. It was up to keen-eyed viewers to spot the hiding bear and write in saying where they saw him. During this series Harry continued to mock the new-look Hole in the Wall, but he clearly missed Dale Winton as the show's presenter with Anton Du Beke paling in comparison. Flamboyant dance expert Louie Spence from Pineapple Dance Studios proved he was a good sport by participating in a number of skits for TV Burp.
Harry Hill poked fun at the hugely popular Downton Abbey when TV Burp returned for its tenth series in October 2010. A feather duster seen in the opening sequence of the period drama was touted as a replacement for the Knitted Character, but Harry soon tired of his new friend. The series also marked the introduction of Wagbo, the supposed child of X Factor contestants Mary Byrne and Wagner. Wagbo was seen terrorising the villagers of Emmerdale and spectators at a WWE Raw event held at London's 02 arena. The big-collared comedian also poked fun at The Apprentice, Nigela Kitchen and The Cube.
After a short break, TV Burp returned in February 2011 with the first of eight new episodes. Wagbo returned for a joke about the TV Burp Employee of the Month, an award Harry always won, and Channel 4's Love Thy Neighbour was sliced and diced for comedy gold. As ever, Harry quickly demonstrated how poor some shows can become when they are viewed out of context.